|Photo by Albion Europe|
Noun. Early 18th century.
[from Gaelic claidheamh great + mór sword.]
1(a) Historical. A broadsword used by Scottish Highlanders, either two-edged,
or basket-hilted and single-edged (a form introduced in the 16th century). E18
1(b) A man armed with a claymore. M19
2 In full claymore mine. A type of anti-personnel mine. M20
So claymore means 'great sword' in Gaelic ... raawrgh! It was big, heavy, two-handed, and perfect for lopping off the heads of English gits that strayed into the Highlands. It's also the name of an anti-personnel mine that, despite what years of playing Call of Duty might have taught you, cannot be deployed in under a second by ramming it into the ground in front of you (if you're a woman, pacifist, or you have a job, you probably won't get that reference).
|Claymores come with handy instructions printed on the case, so even American soldiers can use them|
(photo by the National Guard)
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